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Turkey Creek Police arrest Mamou resident

On July 30, 2021 Officers with the Turkey Creek Police department made contact with Regina Grant of Mamou. After a brief discussion Mrs. Grant was found to be in possession of presumed Crystal Meth and one glass pipe used for smoking the presumed meth. Mrs. Grant was placed into custody and transported to the Evangeline Parish jail for charges pertaining to narcotics. Turkey Creek Police Department is continuously striving to make Turkey Creek a safer place for our community and as always Chief Steven Ardoin would like to thank the public for their continued support and to report all suspicious activity and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Drug Arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Deputies

Drug Arrests By Sheriff's Department July 30, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that his narcotics division executed a search warrant at a residence in Chataignier . This was after several months of surveillance and intelligence gathering. Agents entered the residence and took three people into custody with out incident. Agents located a large amount of various illegal narcotics, US currency from illegal naroctics sales and weapons. The following people were arrested: Randy Matte age 60 charged with possession of amphetamine, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, possession of Clorazepate, possession of Lorazepam, possession of Diazepam, Possession of Alprazolam, possession of schedule four drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute morphine, possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone, possession of Suboxone, possession of Carisoprodol, possession with intent to distribute schedule LSD, possession of Fentanyl, possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute marjiuana. His bond was set at $106,500; Also arrested at the same residence was Ashley Bergeron age 28 charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of Hydrocodone, possession of Morphine, possession of Amphetamine, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $41,000. Also arrested at the home, Ryan Timothy Daigle age 29 charged with possession of LSD, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a minor, possession of methamphetamine and he also has a bench warrant. His bond set at $62.500. Also on Wednesday, the K-9 unit stopped a car on Tate Cove Road for a traffic violation, Deputies deployed their drug dog, Diego, to a do a search of the car and they located narcotics. This led to the arrest of Mckayla Angelle Sonnier age 19 of Opelousas charged with possession of Suboxone and cited for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. Also arrested was Hunter Lynn Boone age 24 of Opelousas cited and released for possession of marijuana; Last Saturday July 24 The K-9 unit stopped a car for a traffic violation. Following an interview with the driver, narcotics were located. The suspect was identified as Khaddishia Kelsey Lana Anderson age 26 of Ville Platte cited for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. On July 27, the traffic division was working traffic on I-49. They attempted to stop a car for speeding. A high speed pursuit began with speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. Once the pursuit ended, led to the arrest of Jaworra Dorsay age 29 of Alexandria charged with aggravated flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and obstruction of justice and Martavus Rhone age 29 also of Alexandria charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and obstruction of justice.

Barney Bridges guest speaker at Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting July 27, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from Barney Bridges, a star baseball player at McNeese State University who went on to play in the major leagues for the Houston Colt 45's. Bridges is a native of Ville Platte. After being let go by Houston Bridges went back and completed his studies at McNeese. After getting his degree, Bridges went to work at Shell Oil and later for Citgo for 34 years. His heart was in baseball. He competed in Men's Fast Pitch Softball in the national finals. He said one of his highlights was when ABC's Wide World of Sports did a feature on his championship team and got to shake hands with TV Host Curt Gowdy. His father, Ray Bridges, was the manager of the popular semi pro team, the Ville Platte Pirates. Bridges said his advice to ball players that education should be their number one priority since only two percent of college players make it to the pros. He was the guest speaker of Rotarian Larry Lachney. In other business, Rotarian Wayne Vidrine announced that Katherine Fontenot, a student at McNeese University was one of two winners of the Rotary Club $1250 Scholarship. Club President Jimmy LeBlanc announced that the four newest members of the club: Audie Phillips, Mitch Pellorin , Frank and Rhonda Butler.

Pine Prairie Police arrest juvenile in high speed pursuit

On July 25th, 2021 Pine Prairie Police was on patrol when a white Ford Edge was clocked speeding at 56 mph in a 45 mph zone. When the officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver refused to pull over and sped up to speeds over 100mph. The pursuit went through Mamou where Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office and Mamou Police assisted in attempting to get the vehicle stopped. The driver continued towards Eunice where Eunice Police had a roadblock set up along with a spike strip. The vehicle hit the spikes successfully flattening all 4 tires. The pursuit came to an end in Eunice where the driver was identified at a 15 year old juvenile from Shreveport, LA. The vehicle he was driving was also stolen out of Shreveport. The juvenile is being charged with the speeding, aggravated flight from an officer and reckless operation of a vehicle through Pine Prairie Police and several drug related charges through the Eunice Police Department. Chief Deshotel wants to thank the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, Mamou Police Department and the Eunice Police Department for all the assistance in stopping the vehicle and successfully taking the juvenile in custody without any further incident.

Drug Arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Deputies

Drug Arrests by Sheriff's Department July 22, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following arrests were made: On Wednesday July 21, the Evangeline parish Sheriff Department Narcotics Division executed a search warrant on a residence at 621 East Beauregard Street in Ville Platte. This was due to a month long investigation of illegal narcotic sales. Agents entered the residence and found over a pound of marijuana, THC liquid vapes, a handgun and over $3500 in cash from drug sales. This led to the arrest of Jawaski Conrad Thomas age 46 of 621 East Beauregard, Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On Saturday July 17, agents stopped a car in the parking lot of the Best Motel in Ville Platte. Upon coming into contact with the occupants, agents noticed narcotics in plain view. This led to the arrest of Jaminski Dakwon Fontenot age 26 of 711 Project Street, Ville Platte charged with possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine. On Friday July 16, criminal patrol agents stopped a car on South Thompson for a traffic violation. Two of the occupants had warrants for their arrest. While agents were conducting a search, they discovered narcotics. Kandwani Deante Malveaux age 27 of 611 East Beauregard Street, Ville Platte was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of synthetic marijuana. Also on Friday, the criminal patrol unit stopped a car on the Vidrine road for a traffic violation. The driver admitted to having narcotics in the car. A search was conducted . The driver was identified as Justice Bergeron age 23 of 111 Stagg Street, Ville Platte cited and released for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. As always, Sheriff Charles Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff Office is seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigation department at 363-2161.

Evangeline Parish School Board Discusses 2021-22 Reopening Plan

Evangeline Parish School Board

21 July 2021

 

The Evangeline Parish School Board at Wednesday’s meeting discussed their 2021-2022 School Reopening Plan. Masks are voluntary except on buses, which fall under federal guidelines and require mask-wearing. On campuses, the decision to wear a mask will lie with the individuals, unless a mandate is put in place by the state or federal government. A nurse will be assigned to each campus, routine cleaning will continue, and isolation rooms will still be available, though temperature scanning will be voluntary. The board will continue to work with Dr. Chuck Aswell and a medical team in order to keep all students and employees safe. They would also like to remind everyone that COVID leave and the wearing of scrubs and tennis shoes has expired as of June.

 

The board also heard from State Senator Heather Cloud in regards to an allocation from the State of Louisiana of $1,000,000 for a new general purpose building on the Bayou Chicot Elementary campus. This will replace the old building, which was damaged by a hurricane several years ago. If needed, the board can use available funds to complete the project.

 

Additionally, the board:

  • Approved the 2021-2022 Student Handbook and Reference Guide, which can be found on their website, www.epsb.com
  • Added the federal holiday Juneteenth (June 20th) to the 2021-2022 district calendar

Turkey Creek Police Arrests

The Turkey Creek Police Department have remained busy handling various complaints and drug issues. According to a spokesman for Police Chief Steven Ardoin, on Monday July 19, officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department attempted to stop a Honda Pilot with switched plates which in turn led officers on a short vehicle pursuit where the Patrol K9 vehicle was rammed by the suspect where he ultimately crashed the patrol vehicle where the officer and K9 sustained minor injuries. The suspect's vehicle was later located abandoned on Royal Road by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department. The incident is still under investigation by the police department. They are asking for anyone with information to please contact the Turkey Creek Police Department at 461-2212. On July 10, a complaint came in about vandalism at the First United Pentecostal Church of Turkey Creek and the complaint was thoroughly investigated. After investigation on July 12, it was learned that two juveniles committed the act. Mrs. Kimberly Campbell of Turkey Creek was cited for improper supervision of a minor. Mrs. Ashley Naquin of Mamou was asked to come in for questioning and upon doing so she wound up being placed under arrest on charges of disturbing the peace, criminal damage to property and resisting an officer. Last Thursday, July 15, while conducting traffic control, officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department made a traffic stop for a minor vehicle infraction. After further investigation and a positive alert from their drug dog, Ice, presumed crystal meth was located. The suspect was identified as John Lea of Ville Platte and charged with possession of schedule two narcotics. Turkey Creek Police Department is continuously striving to make the village a safer place for the residents. Chief Steven Ardoin thanks the public for their continued support and to report all suspicious activity and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Sadie Strong Hamburger Benefit Sale Sells Out Twice

The Sadie Strong Hamburger Benefit Sale at Evangeline Farm Bureau today (Wednesday) was a huge success, with over 1,000 burgers sold. Though they were scheduled to start selling at 10:30 a.m., they began at 10 when a line of cars started forming. By 11 a.m., they sold out and had to pick up more burger patties. Volunteers began giving up their own burgers to help fill orders and many people showed up with donations in hand without wanting a burger. All proceeds will go to the Soileau family to help offset expenses associated with Sadie's multiple surgeries and extended hospital stay.

 

The Soileau family and everyone at Evangeline Farm Bureau would like to thank the many volunteers, Catholic Daughters, Ms. Mable Foreman, and the hundreds of generous people who showed up to help their community in a time of need.

New charges in Mamou murder case by Sheriff Office

EVANGELINE PARISH SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS MAKE ADDITIONAL ARRESTS IN THE HOMICIDE ON LOUANNA STREET Sheriff Charles R. Guillory, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office releases the following: MAMOU – Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigators devoted countless hours to the homicide that occurred back on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the 1800 block of Louanna Street. The victim identified as 19-year-old Jason Patin of Mamou, LA suffered a gunshot wound to his left shoulder which caused him to succumb to his injury. The initial investigation led to the arrest of a 15-year-old black male juvenile from the area of Mamou, LA. He surrendered himself to authorities safely and without incident the following evening after the shooting. He was charged and will be tried as an adult for Second Degree Murder. Further investigations led to the arrest of two (2) additional black male subjects. Darius Tezeno of Mamou, LA was questioned and charged with Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder. The second arrest was on another 15-year-old black male juvenile of Mamou, LA. He was charged with Principal to Second Degree Murder. He is currently being held in Monroe on unrelated charges at this time.. As always, Sheriff Charles R Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the Public to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigation Department via phone at 337-363-2161 or via the agency's website at www.evangelineparishsheriff.org. Any person reporting information will always remain anonymous

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory Gives his one year anniversary report in Office

PUBLIC SERVICE SHERIFF CHARLES R. GUILLORY ONE YEAR IN REVIEW SINCE TAKING OATH OF SHERIFF ON JULY 1, 2020 During my campaign as Sheriff, some objectives I had promised were to create a drug narcotics unit to curtail illegal drug trafficking which I have done. By adding a Narcotics and Criminal Patrol Division to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, we have made over 300 drug arrests, seized over $80,000.00 in cash, five vehicles, 50 various weapons of which six were reported as stolen. That's why it is so important to note you the serial number of your gun so if stolen we can enter the stolen weapon on the NCIC system. With all these drug arrests occurring, crime in Evangeline Parish has been reduced and continues to decrease. Adding to the list of accomplishments, over 30 pounds of both Marijuana and Synthetic were seized along with pounds of Amphetamines (Meth), Heroin, Fentanyl. Also, 2000 Esctacy pills, 500 THC vape cartridges, over 1000 prescription pills and a pound of editable THC. All these illegal drugs were taken off the streets of Evangeline Parish making it safer. The street value of these illegal narcotics well exceeds $100,000.00. EPSO has recovered many stolen four-wheelers in this one year and returning these to the rightful owners and arresting those involved. By doing so, four-wheeler thefts have practically ceased. In July 2020, there was a protest at the GEO Pine Prairie Detention facility which was the first-ever for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office. This kind of exposure was new to everyone and we have learned from this experience. The Sheriff's Office acted professionally and responsibly for this being the first time. The handling of the event was a success as the protesters were able to speak and get their point across and with minimal injuries occurring. A Traffic Division also was created to run traffic on I-49 in August of 2020. Officers were trained and certified by Louisiana State Police in a new radar system called Lidar. This campaign has been very successful in keeping our roadways safer. We have implemented in collecting fines easier by an on-line payment system; pay with a debit or credit card and everything is uploaded on our computer system immediately. Hurricane Laura hit Cameron and Calcasieu Parishes causing extensive damage. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office and Cabot Corporation on a joint endeavor began a food, water, and clothing campaign to collect needed items in those parishes affected by Hurricane Laura. Thanks to the generosity of the citizens of this parish, we were able to collect over a ton of goods and we were able to deliver these on September 30, 2020. EPSO has written grants through USDA and we are awaiting approval of three vehicles. With that said, we will apply again this year for an additional 12 vehicles. Grants were also written for radios, body cameras, tasers, and the list goes on. EPSO has implemented a payment option of paying one's Property Taxes online now. The standard in-person option is still available by paying with a cashier's check or money order. You have a choice. Other accomplishments were donations of a Mobile Command Unit (2021 Camper) by Homeland Security, 2020 four-wheeler by Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau, 25 bulletproof vests by Giles Nissan of Lafayette, and 12 body cameras by Sheriff Wayne Morein's heirs. EPSO also has received several monetary donations of various amounts from individuals which was used in our operations. The most important accomplishment by the Evangeline Parish's Sheriff Office came on April 24, 2021, when a One-Cent Sales Tax was passed by the voters of this great parish. I thank people for supporting a much-needed revenue increase earmarked only for the Sheriff's Office. With this passing, there will be much-needed improvements in our office. Additional employee hiring will be increased in all areas especially in Narcotics, Patrol, Criminal Patrol, and Criminal Investigators. A new jail is also much needed and a decision to build a new one or purchase an existing one is on the horizon.

Ville Platte Police is searching for Suspect

Ville Police Chief Neal Lartigue is seeking information on the whereabouts of Abselon Herbert. Herbert is 26 years old and his last known address was on Huey P. Long Street in Ville Platte. HERBERT IS TO BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. Herbert is wanted on a warrant for: *Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon *Domestic Abuse Battery by strangulation *illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrument *criminal damage to property If you know the whereabouts of Herbert, call 363-1316. Your call will remain anonymous.

State Representative Rhonda Butler addresses Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club June 29, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from State Representative Rhonda Butler reported on the recently completed session of the state legislature. Butler announced that a major piece of legislation approved by the legislature and signed by the governor was a tax simplification package. The package includes a constitutional amendment that caps the individual income tax rate at 4.75 percent and would remove the guaranteed deduction for federal income taxes paid from the constitution. Voters will decide on the amendment this fall. The package also includes creating the lowest personal income tax rate in the south and eliminates the corporate franchise tax. Another bill mandates that taxes from vehicle sales will be dedicated to infrastructure such as roads and bridges and not go to the state general fund. On infrastructure projects, Butler announced that work on improvements to US 167 should begin on US 167 in December. She told club members that a drug court in Evangeline Parish appears to be heading to becoming a reality. She announced that there is a 99 percent chance of the plan for the new court will become a reality. Both judges and the District Attorney are in favor of the new drug court. Butler stated that the creation of a statewide sales tax collection agency will not impact local parish agencies. She said there will be no loss of employment. On the question of Chicot State Park, the group and all areas of camping should be opened up in November. Frank Butler of Butler and Company Tree Service reported to club members that he is marketing and selling pallets of firewood to many businesses in our area. Representative Butler reported that timber is an eleven billion dollar industry in Louisiana. She said "We don't want to let other states control our industry with their product." Rotarian Mitch Fontenot was in charge of the program. Also the club recognized Treasurer Annette Johnson who is retiring. Outgoing Rotary President Peter Strawitz thanked club members for the opportunity of serving for the past two years. New Club President Jimmy LeBlanc will preside and conduct meetings beginning next week.

Drug arrests by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department

Drug arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department June 29, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported the following drug arrests to KVPI News: On Sunday June 27, a traffic stop led to the arrest of a Lafayette man: Paul Dallas Brown age 50 of Lafayette. He was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and possession of fentanyl. Also on Sunday, deputies stopped a vehicle for reckless driving. Following a search with their drug dog, Diego, the driver was arrested. He was identified as Thuy Xuan Pham age 54 of Gretna , charged with possession of ecstasy and resisting an officer. On Monday, June 28, the sheriff's office criminal patrol unit conducted surveillance in an area that has been having narcotics trafficking. While doing surveillance, officers saw what they believed to be the sales of narcotics. This led to the arrest of Kenneth Perkins age 39 of Ville Platte. He was charged with possession of heroin, possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of ecstasy, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Sheriff Guillory would like to remind citizens of Evangeline Parish to contact his investigations department to report any criminal activity at 363-2161. All information will remain anonymous.

St. Jude Raffle Winners

St. Jude Raffle Ticket Drawing June 25, 2021 The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Posse held their annual raffle drawing for the benefit of St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. Ralph Daigle, Clarissa Daigle, Joe Fontenot and Sheriff Charles Guillory came to KVPI for the official drawing. Here are our winners drawn by Sheriff Guillory live on the air: First Prize Winner-Robert Mayeaux, the winner of the LSU burner; Second Prize Winner-Trip Guillory, the winner of a 20 quart cooler and Third Place Winner- Katlyn Meche, the winner of a crawfish burner. All of the money raised from the tickets sales will be donated to St. Jude Hospital. The sheriff's posse would like to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets.

Parish Library expected to receive Corona Virus Funding

The Evangeline Parish Public Library has received a special round of funding to help its library system further respond directly and immediately to the many needs of its communities as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $3,012,150 to the State Library of Louisiana to be disbursed to public libraries in Louisiana. "The Evangeline Parish Library has received $47,064 of that funding", Director Yvonne Lavergne said. The State Library of Louisiana has a longstanding partnership with Louisiana's 340 public libraries providing assistance in all areas of library service. This includes disbursing federal funding when it is available. The purpose of these ARPA funds is to provide economic relief as quickly as possible to every parish library system in Louisiana to support public libraries as they continue to assist families with all of their information needs as a result of the pandemic. Specifically, public libraries will spend these funds on expanding digital network access, purchasing internet accessible devices, and addressing digital inclusion by providing technical support services to citizens, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development needs. "Public libraries are essential to the well-being of our entire state and provide critical access points for Louisianans to obtain the information and services that they need to thrive and succeed. This has never been more true than during the current pandemic which has exposed the vulnerability of many of our citizens and their lack of internet access, as well as the degree to which they rely upon in-person and online assistance and access to life changing information provided by their public libraries," State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton states, "This funding will provide additional relief to our parish public libraries, who have reached far beyond the walls of their libraries and deep into their communities to ensure that they have what they need the most right now – access to information, technology, and broadband." Suzy Lemoine, Outreach Coordinator, encourages anyone with questions about the plans for spending the funds granted through the American Rescue Plan ACT to call the main library at 337-363-1369. To view our current programming, visit www.evangelinelibrary.org.

Dixie Youth Game Coverage Begins Thursday Night on KVPI FM

KVPI Sports will be carrying the Ville Platte Super Tens games in the Sub District baseball Tournament starting Thursday night through Sunday. The team is comprised of Sam Blanchard, Raylin Gallow, Darran Dardeau, Bradley Soileau, Luke Vidrine, Andre Morein, William Joubert, Deion Jones, Wiliam Brunet, Carson Johnson, Ethan Pleasant and Leo Lahaye. The coaches are Justin Johnson, Lucas Vidrine and Zac Lahaye. KVPI Sports Announcer Tracey Jagneaux will be doing the play by play all over KVPI FM 92.5 and on classichits925.com. If you are interested in being a sponsor for these games , call the KVPI business office at 363-2124 for more details.

Evangeline Parish Traffic Fatality

Unrestrained Driver Killed in Crash in Evangeline Parish Evangeline Parish – Shortly after 4:30 p.m., on June 13, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a single-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 13 near Brud Lane in Evangeline Parish. The crash took the life of 25-year-old Dustin D. Pierce of Opelousas. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Pierce was driving south on LA 13 in a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. For unknown reasons, Pierce failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle he was driving ran off the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Malibu overturned causing Pierce to be ejected from the vehicle. Pierce was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He pronounced deceased at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner's Office. Impairment is unknown but a standard toxicology sample was obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that, while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death. Troop I has investigated 27 fatal crashes resulting in 34 deaths in 2021.

Ville Platte Police searching for missing juvenile

Ville Platte Police Chief Lartigue reports a missing juvenile. On Monday, June 7, 2021 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to the 900 block of West Jefferson Street in reference to a missing juvenile. The mother of the juvenile stated that her 15 year old daughter said she was going to the movies with her sister and father but she saw her daughter get into a blue Chevrolet pickup truck and leave the area. The mother contacted the other parties who had no previous plans with her daughter and did not know her location. The driver of the blue truck was located and stated that he dropped Dajiyia off in the area of Kembo Street. At this time the juvenile is not making contact with her family. The Ville Platte Police Department is seeking information on the location of Dajiyia Ardoin. Dajiya is a 15 year old black female with black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing black shorts, and a black and a tan striped shirt with a picture of a girl on it. Chief Lartigue is requesting that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dajiyia Ardoin to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Dispatchers will take your information and you will remain anonymous.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Arrests

Sheriff Office Arrests June 8, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported the following arrests to KVPI News: Last Tuesday, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department Criminal Patrol Unit conducted a traffic stop on Tate Cove Road. The deputies made contact with the driver and advised him of the reason for the stop. The driver was extremely nervous and after a short interview, he admitted to having marijuana in the car. The driver was identified as Jesse Townley age 38 of Oakdale. He was cited for possession of marijuana and released. Also, last Tuesday, criminal patrol deputies stopped a truck on LA 13 for traffic violations. When they made contact with the driver, they could smell marijuana. Deputies conducted a search of the truck. The driver, Reginald Lafleur age 53 was cited and released for traffic violations and for possession of marijuana. On that same date, criminal patrol agents stopped a car on LA 13 for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle threw a bag on the ground while exiting his car. Deputies retrieved the bag containing narcotics. The driver was identified as Dequincy Philip Malcolm Record age 35 of Mamou cited for traffic violations and possession of marijuana. On Friday June 4, deputies with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department in conjunction with the Mamou Police Department executed a search warrant on a residence at 1509 Jamie Street in Mamou. Upon entering the home, agents found various amounts of narcotics and U.S. currency. This led to the following arrest: Jamie Adam Lebleu age 40 of Mamou charged with possession of schedule 4, schedule 2 and schedule 1 drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a minor, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Sunday June 6, the criminal patrol division stopped a car on a traffic violation. After receiving permission to search the vehicle, the following people were arrested: Tyler Cameron Sprout age 21 of Ocean Springs, Mississippi charged with: possession of Schedule one drugs Molly, LSD and MDMA and Psilocybin (mushrooms), possession of schedule two drugs Cocaine, possession of schedule one drugs marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and Sadie Isabella Prince age 18 of Biloxi, Mississippi charged with possession of THC cartridges, possession of schedule one marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also on Sunday, criminal patrol agents stopped a car for traffic violations. They made contact with the occupants and advised them of the reason for the stop. Agents obtained permission to search and located narcotics. Arrested was Courtney Amber Horner age 40 of Greenwell Springs charged with: Possession with Intent to Distribute Tramadol, Possession of Pregabalin, Possession with the Intent to distribute Hydrocodone, Possession of LSD, Possession with intent to distribute THC Oil, Possession of Lorazepam and possession of drug paraphernalia. As always, Sheriff Guillory and the sheriff office is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigations department at 363-2161.

French Immersion Students talk on La Tasse de Cafe

For those who missed hearing our French Immersion students talk to us and sing to us on KVPI La Tasse de Cafe last week from Mamou Elementary, we have uploaded all four episodes of our La Tasse de Cafe shows from last week June 1-4. Follow this link to go to our site and choose which program you would like to hear again: https://classichits925.com/podc.../la-tasse-de-cafe-archives

Rotary Club Hears from Pharmacist Shanna Thomas

Rotary Club Hears From Pharmacist Shanna Thomas May 25, 2021 Ville Platte Medical Center Director of Pharmacy Shanna Thomas was the guest speaker today (Tuesday) at the Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting. The long time pharmacist addressed the differences between generic drugs vs. brand name drugs. She also detailed the growing unregulated vitamin industry. She stated that a balanced diet including fruit and vegetables provides all of the vitamins and minerals necessary for metabolism. She reported that the Food and Drug Administration does not require proof of safety or label accuracy before the vitamins are distributed to the general public. Shanna Thomas was the guest speaker of Rotarian Renee Brown. Renee Brown announced that Ville Platte Medical Center will have a Fifth Saturday Healthy Evangeline Walk Saturday June 5 at 9:00am at the hospital parking lot. Rotarian Wayne Vidrine reported that four students, three from Ville Platte High and one from Sacred Heart, have been invited to attend the Rotary Club Summer Rylla camp. Club President Peter Strawitz announced that the annual club Installation Banquet is set for June 22 at 6:00pm at Café Evangeline.

Basile Schools Demonstrate Their New ActivPanels

On Monday, Evangeline Parish Schoolboard President Darwin Lazard conducted a Basile Schools Showcase of their new ActivPanels with the assistance of Basile High School Principal Helana Francois and W. W. Stewart Elementary Principal Danielle Young. Each classroom of the schools are equipped with a Promethean Titanium ActivPanel and every teacher attended a 2-hour webinar to learn panel basics and how ot use the features of the devices. Additionally, they have full access to online training anytime, allowing them to explore the devices and learn at their own paces.

 

In Ms. Krystle Smith’s 7th Grade math classroom, the class engaged in a Jeopardy-style game consisting of questions related to their current lessons. Once students were divided into groups, a question was selected for them to work out and solve together using the methods they learn in class. When group members agreed on an answer, they “buzzed in” their answer and sent one member to work out the problem on the board. In actuality, the game is an educational PowerPoint designed by Ms. Krystal Smith to engage the class in a fun and interactive way. Because the ActivPanel works as a computer, she and other teachers can also share their screens with students both in class and at home using their ChromeBooks. Students can also screen share their projects from wherever they are connected, allowing teachers to monitor their class at all times whether online or in-person.

 

Ms. Sadie Guillory’s 5th Grade math class worked together to answer review questions using the panel. Using PAX methods, they took turns as student leader and helped each other correct their answers using the many functions and features of the ActivPanel. They said that being able to work together and not go one at a time makes for a more engaging classroom experience. They agreed that having a board with only one multipurpose pen is easier than their previous device, which had multiple styluses and erasers that often got misplaced. Additionally, the screen operates without a projector, making it much clearer even for students in the back of the room.

 

Even the youngest students benefit from the ActivPanel’s many features, like Ms. Norma Lebleu’s Kindergarten class, who demonstrated for the Superintendent how they can learn to sound out words together while they take turns arranging letters on the board to form words. They especially enjoy the clearer sound system, which allows them to sing along to their educational songs and listen to stories.

 

Ms. Sadie Lebleu’s 3rd Grade ELA class wrapped up the day by saying that they hope every classroom and student in Evangeline Parish can get their own ActivPanel. They said that the device is smoother than their previous board, since it updates and never goes out-of-date. Mr. Lazard said that there are currently 157 boards around Evangeline Parish, and even though Basile is currently the only school with ActivPanels in every classroom, he hopes to eventually get one in every classroom in Evangeline Parish.

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting May 19, 2021

EVANGELINE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD

REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY, 19 MAY 2021

 

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Evangeline Parish School Board, board members received an update on the LSUE dual enrollment partnership. Since the 2018-19 school year, over 3500 college credits have been earned by our parish students, and over 2500 of those credits were earned at LSUE.

 

LSUE Chancellor Dr. Nancee Sorensen told board members that while many colleges experienced a decrease in enrollment during the pandemic last year, LSUE had an increase. She explained that dual-enrollment for high school students allows them to earn college credits at low or free cost.

 

Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. John Hamlin explained that students have the option to take online classes if students cannot arrange transportation or fit in-person dual-enrollment classes into their schedule. Additionally, the program is working on becoming more workforce-focused, not just on academic degrees but also on preparing students who want to enter the workforce immediately upon graduating high school.

 

The school board was proud to announce that they are investing $4,600,000 into the betterment of our parish schools. They stressed that these are their own funds and that they are not asking for additional taxes from Evangeline Parish citizens.

 

The school board would like to congratulate all of our parish high school graduates for the 2020-21 school year.

Fred's Lounge Opening Again and KVPI will be there broadcasting Live

Fred's Lounge May 18, 2021 Fans of Cajun music will be happy to know that one of the top Cajun tourist attractions in South Louisiana will reopen Saturday May 29. Owner Steve "Buffy" Guillory confirmed to KVPI News that following more than a year long close due to Covid-19, Fred's Lounge in Mamou will reopen on that date. He announced that Fred's Lounge will keep the same hours of operation: 8:00am to 1:30pm with a live Cajun Band from 9:00am to 1:30pm. The first Cajun band performing that day will be Troy LeJeune and Cajun Revue. KVPI the Legend will continue the tradition of our live weekly broadcast from 9;00am to 11;00am with Announcer Mike Perron now on two radio stations: 107.3 FM and 1050 AM and online at kvpionline.com. Businesses wishing to advertise their messages during the Fred's Radio Show in front of the many tourists that will be there are invited to call KVPI Business Office at 337-363-2124.

Fred's Lounge Opening Again and KVPI will be there broadcasting Live

Fred's Lounge May 18, 2021 Fans of Cajun music will be happy to know that one of the top Cajun tourist attractions in South Louisiana will reopen Saturday May 29. Owner Steve "Buffy" Guillory confirmed to KVPI News that following more than a year long close due to Covid-19, Fred's Lounge in Mamou will reopen on that date. He announced that Fred's Lounge will keep the same hours of operation: 8:00am to 1:30pm with a live Cajun Band from 9:00am to 1:30pm. The first Cajun band performing that day will be Troy LeJeune and Cajun Revue. KVPI the Legend will continue the tradition of our live weekly broadcast from 9;00am to 11;00am with Announcer Mike Perron now on two radio stations: 107.3 FM and 1050 AM and online at kvpionline.com. Businesses wishing to advertise their messages during the Fred's Radio Show in front of the many tourists that will be there are invited to call KVPI Business Office at 337-363-2124.

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